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May 2013

One million plant sales

Scaevola Blueprint. Photo: D. Blumer.Kings Park’s plant breeding program has officially sold over one million plants worldwide thanks to the commercial success of Scaevola ‘Blueprint’. The BGPA commenced Scaevola breeding in 2002 and, after intensive commercial testing, Scaevola ‘Blueprint’ was released to the public in 2010. The program aims to grow new varieties of native plants suitable for home gardens and public parks. Plants are developed to meet the demand for sustainable and low maintenance gardens that also look good. For help with any of your home gardening queries, call our Garden Advisory Service run by the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners on (08) 9480 3672. Read more...

Bold Park Open Day

Kids enjoying nature-based activitiesGet back to the bush and learn about one of Perth’s most important urban bushland areas at the Bold Park Open Day on Sunday, 26 May from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm. Join the Friends of Bold Park Bushland, Bold Park staff, BirdLife WA, Wildflower Society and the Naturalists Club for hands-on displays, free guided walks, nature-based activities, information on bushland restoration, native gardening and much more. Thank you to the Friends of Bold Park Bushland for hosting this event. Read more...

Shop online at Aspects this Mother's Day

Elodie barker dog. Photo: K. Uno. Aspects of Kings Park is excited to announce the launch of their new website and online shop. A selection of their fabulous in-store range is now available to purchase online just in time for Mother's Day. All proceeds support Kings Park and Botanic Garden. To celebrate the new website, a free 'thank you gift' will be given to the first 50 online customers. Jewellery designer Keiko Uno will also appear in-store throughout May. Read more...

Friends of Kings Park native plant sale

Eucalyptus synandra. Photo: D. Blumer.Some unusual beauties will be up for grabs at the Friends of Kings Park native plant sale on Sunday, 19 May. Make a bee-line for the Exhibition Ground (just off Fraser Avenue in Kings Park) as the ideal season for planting begins. This quarterly sale offers native plants well-suited to WA home gardens and not often available from commercial nurseries. All proceeds support worthwhile projects and research in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Read more…

Grow with us

Naturescaper volunteers. Photo: J. D'Arcy.An amazing 500 volunteers currently contribute to Kings Park and Bold Park. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, an information morning will be held from 8.00 am until 12 noon on Sunday, 19 May at the Exhibition Ground in Kings Park. Come and meet the Kings Park Guides, Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners, Friends of Kings Park, Naturescapers and the Friends of Bold Park Bushland and find out how you can become part of these inspiring groups. A sincere thank you to Volunteering WA for their support of this event. Read more...

Giant boab blooms for Easter

Flowers from Gija Jumulu. Photo: J. Thomas.The mighty Kings Park boab tree (known as Gija Jumulu) was in full bloom during April. The large, glossy cream-coloured flowers were 10 cm to 15 cm wide and appeared high in the tree canopy for a two week period. Kimberley boabs (Adansonia gregorii) are known to flower at Easter time. The 750 year old tree captured world-wide attention in 2008 as it journeyed over 3,200 kilometres, from Warmun in WA's Kimberley region, to Kings Park in Perth. Read more...

News in brief

  • Kings Park Education’s Term 2 school programs are almost fully booked. Contact the Education Bookings Officer on (08) 9480 3638 to reserve a place.
  • Celebrate WA Day with a free guided walk in Kings Park to learn more about WA’s unique plants and the connection to Nyoongar culture. 

    We hope to see you again soon in Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park.

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